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Organic farmers’ beliefs about soil microbiome affect their practices, study shows

Organic farming can support soil microorganisms that promote plant defenses and reduce insect pests. But not all organic practices are equally beneficial for soil microbes, and it’s important to understand farmer motivations in order to encourage the adoption of microbiome-supportive efforts.

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ACE professor receives funding to study impacts of wildfire smoke

The Institute for Sustainability, Energy, and Environment has awarded $30,000 in seed funding to Andrew Hultgren, assistant professor in the Department of Agricultural and Consumer Economics, and others for an interdisciplinary proposal examining the economic and human health effects of exposure to wildfire smoke on a broad scale. The project aims to inform policy related to climate change.

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Exploring Agribusiness Through A Brazilian Lens

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During our time in Brazil with the International Business Immersion Program, we took several visits to agricultural-based companies and organizations where we observed numerous similarities and differences between the Brazilian and US agribusiness sectors. Most notably, everyone we visited was highly focused on innovation and improving production efficiency. Companies like Embrapa Digital Ag, IMBR Agro, and more are all highly interested in implementing technology into farming practices.

Specialist and migratory birds at greater risk under climate change

Following decades of decline, even fewer birds will darken North American skies by the end of the century, according to a new analysis by scientists at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign.

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Students immerse themselves in international business through Brazil study abroad program

A group of students from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign had the chance to immerse themselves in a new culture — and in the global agribusiness and food industry — during an 11-day study abroad program in Brazil. 

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Illinois partnership with the JJK Foundation in St. Clair County set to provide more than $32 million in labor income creation throughout the state by 2026

study conducted by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign economist found that the activities of the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation in St. Clair County, Illinois, will provide $32 million in labor income creation, 474 new jobs and $10.7 million in new tax revenue throughout the state of Illinois by 2026.

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Study: Social networks can influence perception of climate-change risk

A new paper co-written by a University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign urban and environmental economics expert shows that social networks can play a significant role in influencing the financial behaviors and perception of catastrophic risks brought about by climate change.

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Mobile teams bring COVID-19 vaccines to rural villages in Sierra Leone

COVID-19 vaccination rates remain low in many African countries, often because providing access to vaccines is difficult in remote areas.

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McNamara named director of postharvest loss institute at Illinois

Paul McNamara, whose decades of work in developing and strengthening international extension systems has enhanced the lives of millions of smallholder farmers, has been selected as the new director for the ADM Institute for the Prevention of Postharvest Loss (ADMI), which is housed in the College of Agricultural Consumer and Environmental Sciences (ACES) at the 

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